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Hill hits clutch two-run shot as Jays continue Tigers' slump

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DETROIT -- Aaron Hill gave the Toronto Blue Jays one of their more satisfying wins in a trying season.

Hill hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning, capping the Blue Jays' come-from-behind 8-6 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers.

"It's great to see us keep coming back," Hill said.

Rod Barajas, Vernon Wells and Marco Scutaro also went deep for Toronto (65-77), which handed the AL Central-leading Tigers their fifth straight loss. They lead the Chicago White Sox by five games.

"I think it's a case that you never have the appreciation of how hard it is to win games up here," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "And I think we're struggling through that a little bit right now."

Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson and Alex Avila homered for Detroit.

The Blue Jays tied it at 6 in the eighth on Brandon Lyon's wild pitch that allowed Wells to score from third. He was there because he alertly advanced from second on Barajas' foul pop that Cabrera, at first, had to make a running catch on right at the fence behind first base. With Cabrera's momentum going the other way, Wells tagged and moved to third.

"On that kind of play I always go back and tag up, no matter what, just in case," Wells said.

Scutaro singled with two out in the ninth. He then stole second before Hill drilled Fernando Rodney's 3-1 pitch down the left-field line for his 32nd homer.

"I was looking for a fastball, you have to when a guy can throw that hard," Hill said. "But he threw a changeup and it was up."

Hill, who leads the A.L. with 299 total bases, only rejoined the Blue Jays on Friday night after being in Florida for three games for the birth of his first child.

Rodney (2-4) allowed two runs and two hits while getting just two outs. He also walked a batter.

Brandon League (3-5) pitched two perfect innings. Jason Frasor got the final out, with runners on first and third, for his 10th save in 12 chances.

Cabrera's three-run homer off Scott Richmond gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead in the fifth. The drive estimated at 420 feet was his 29th home run and ended Richmond's night.

Richmond gave up six runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out three.

"Plain and simple it's lack of fastball command," Richmond said.

Wells immediately cut the deficit to two when he went deep to lead off the sixth for his 14th homer and Scutaro's two-out shot in the seventh, his 12th, made it 6-5.

Granderson hit the 23rd leadoff homer of his career, tying him with Lou Whitaker for the Tigers' record.

Barajas' two-run blast in the top of the second put Toronto up 2-1. Barajas followed Lyle Overbay's leadoff walk with a drive to left-center on Jackson's 2-1 pitch for his 18th homer of the season and second in two games.

But Avila's two-run shot in the bottom of the second restored Detroit's lead. He hit Richmond's 2-0 pitch deep into the right-field stands for his fifth homer. It also scored Clete Thomas, who led off with a single.

Scutaro's RBI single in the fifth tied it at 3.

Tigers' starter Edwin Jackson allowed five runs and eight hits -- including three home runs -- in seven innings, walking one and striking out four.

"They were ready for the fastball all night, but those two (to Wells and Scutaro) were just up," Jackson said.

Notes

  • Detroit LHP Nate Robertson, who started Friday night's game but left in the fourth inning because of an injury, has pelvic inflammation according to a MRI. He will be re-evaluated in a few days.
  • Toronto LF Adam Lind didn't play on Saturday night after being hit in the leg with a pitch on Friday night.
  • Hill also broke the single-season Toronto record for RBI by a second baseman with 95. Roberto Alomar held the old record of 93. Hill had 94 RBI coming into the game but one was as a pinch-hitter.
 
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Aaron Hill breaks the tie in the ninth and breaks one of Roberto Alomar's club records.  (AP)
Aaron Hill breaks the tie in the ninth and breaks one of Roberto Alomar's club records. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Toronto

M. Scutaro
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS5232000 .283
Aaron Hill, 2B5112011 .289
Vernon Wells, CF4231100 .258
Lyle Overbay, 1B2100201 .263
Rod Barajas, C4122001 .241
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000013 .201
Randy Ruiz, DH4010003 .276
Travis Snider, LF4000021 .225
Joe Inglett, RF4110011 .281
    Jose Bautista, RF0000000 .227
Totals36811735  
Batting
HR - Marco Scutaro (12, Jackson), Aaron Hill (32, Rodney), Vernon Wells (14, Jackson), Rod Barajas (18, Jackson)
RBI - Marco Scutaro 2 (59), Aaron Hill 2 (96), Vernon Wells (60), Rod Barajas 2 (64)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (23), Aaron Hill 2 (36)
SB - Marco Scutaro (13, 2nd base off Rodney/Laird), Joe Inglett (3, 2nd base off Jackson/Avila)
CS - Vernon Wells (4, 2nd base by Ni/Laird)
Team LOB - 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Scott Richmond 4.1566433 5.03
Jesse Carlson 1.2000100 4.43
Brandon League (W,3-5) 2000020 4.97
Scott Downs (H,9) 0.2100010 2.82
Jason Frasor (S,10) 0.1100010 2.13
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Richmond 95-49, Jesse Carlson 18-10, Brandon League 20-14, Scott Downs 12-6, Jason Frasor 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Richmond 4-6, Jesse Carlson 4-1, Brandon League 3-1
Batters Faced - Scott Richmond 22, Jesse Carlson 6, Brandon League 6, Scott Downs 3, Jason Frasor 2
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5111012 .250
Placido Polanco, 2B5120011 .279
Carlos Guillen, LF2100210 .243
    Ryan Raburn, LF1000012 .286
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4113000 .333
Aubrey Huff, DH4000001 .243
Clete Thomas, RF2110200 .246
Alex Avila, C4112012 .292
    Gerald Laird, C0000000 .221
Brandon Inge, 3B3010101 .231
Ramon Santiago, SS3000012 .256
   a- Magglio Ordonez, PH1000011 .290
Totals3467657  
a-struck out for Santiago in the 9th
Batting
HR - Curtis Granderson (27, Richmond), Miguel Cabrera (29, Richmond), Alex Avila (5, Richmond)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (62), Miguel Cabrera 3 (88), Alex Avila 2 (14)
SB - Clete Thomas (3, 2nd base off Richmond/Barajas)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Santiago-Jackson, Inge-Polanco-Cabrera
E - Brandon Inge (17, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Edwin Jackson 7855143 3.22
Brandon Lyon (BS,3) 1111110 2.96
Fernando Rodney (L,2-4) 0.2222101 4.00
Fu-Te Ni 0.1000000 3.16
WP - Edwin Jackson (5), Brandon Lyon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 101-65, Brandon Lyon 18-12, Fernando Rodney 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 8-8, Brandon Lyon 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 29, Brandon Lyon 5, Fernando Rodney 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36142
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mark Wegner